Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820


There has been information teased to the public about Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 820 computer processor. Some of the information revealed has indicated there is an updated graphics processing unit and an image processing unit, which could significantly improve the quality of future smartphone cameras. The Snapdragon 820 is the next high end mobile chip that will appear in smartphones, virtual reality headsets and tablets during the first half of the year 2016.

Qualcomm has a lot of money and hope riding on the future success of the Snapdragon 820. The company’s current processor, the Snapdragon 810, was already dropped by one of its biggest customers. Qualcomm has not released the name of that customer to the public, but rumors suggest it was likely Samsung because they are using an in-house processor in their new Galaxy S6 smartphone instead of a Qualcomm processor. If this partnership between Qualcomm and Samsung has really ended, then Qualcomm will either need to attract Samsung back to using their processor or they will have to find a totally new company to use their processor. It will all depend on the success of Snapdragon 820. If the processor fails to get picked up by any of the major mobile technology companies, Qualcomm could be in very big trouble.

Qualcomm first introduced the Snapdragon 820 earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress. They talked about their plans for a new 64-bit CPU core that will be called Kyro. Then more recently in Los Angeles at a Siggraph graphics conference, Qualcomm mentioned its visual computing components will be integrated next to its CPU. The GPU will be called Adreno 530, which contains new graphics architecture never used before with previously CPUs. The company says it will give up to a 40% greater performance boost than the previous Adreno 430. It will also use 40% less power as well, which is great news for those who love energy efficiency in their mobile processors.

Even though the Snapdragon 810 did not make it to the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, it was still used in many other devices. Some of these devices include HTC One M9, LG Flex 2, Sony Xperia Z4 tablet and the Xiaomi MiNote Pro. Chances are that the newest versions of these devices will include the latest Snapdragon 820 processor. Since this gives Qualcomm a variety of different mobile manufacturers to work with, it increases their chances of staying strong and surviving the very competitive CPU market.

Apple TV Features Games

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There is a lot of anticipation about the new Apple TV device, which is compatible with almost every smart television. People who regularly use Apple products and software will certainly appreciate Apple TV because it will connect them to their digital Apple products through the television. So instead of having to watch movies on the laptop or computer monitor, users can see them on a much bigger television screen.

One of the key features that Apple is going to focus on with their Apple TV product is its gaming functionality. They are aiming to generate better graphics with more power for the device along with a new remote control that could be used as a gaming controller as well. Then if people want to play the games they purchased at the app store through their iPhone, they can play them on their Apple TV. They will also be able to purchase new games on their Apple TV.

The starting price for the Apple TV is predicted to be about $150, which is a good price when you consider all of the features and convenience you will be getting. However, there has been some speculation generated by the New York Times about how analysts and game executives think it will be difficult for Apple to compete with other gaming consoles, like the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One. That is why the Apple TV will likely only be popular with those who use Apple products already. That way they can benefit from the convenience of using them on their television. But for those who use personal computers and Android devices, it will have to take a lot more than gaming features for the Apple TV to attract them.

Apple is one of the biggest brands in computer technology. They are continuously trying to compete in all aspects of the tech marketplace. Remember that Apple TV is not a service like Netflix, so there won’t be any monthly fees involved. All you have to pay is the initial purchase price. Then you just hook the Apple TV box up to your smart television and you are good to go. Of course, you will need your own internet connection which does cost a monthly fee. But if you were to install a router in your home then you could share your existing connection with your computer and Apple TV. If you have a Wi-Fi connection then you could enable your mobile devices and Apple TV to have the internet as well. Therefore, the Apple TV may sell just on the basis of its affordability. We shall see what the future holds for it.

Apple unveils larger iPad, new keyboard


The Apple iPad is a tablet device that is basically a bigger version of the Apple iPhone. The difference is the iPad has a much bigger screen and cannot exactly fit in your back pocket like an iPhone. But people still like to use iPads because they are mobile and more convenient to use than a laptop. Up until now, iPads and other tablets contained a virtual keyboard for typing messages on the device. Sure there were keyboard plugins you could purchase, but there was no keyboard that came with the device. Now this is about to change because Apple just announced the development of a bigger iPad that is going to have its own keyboard and stylus.

The iPad Pro was announced recently by Apple CEO Tim Cook. It was revealed that the tablet will have a 12.9-inch screen and will perform similarly to a desktop computer. The keyboard attached to the iPad Pro is going to be a smart keyboard, which folds out from the back of the tablet. That way you can easily put the keyboard away and still carry it around with the tablet. Then when you sit down at a table and want to use the keyboard again, you can just unfold the keyboard right out in front of the screen. It is almost like a tablet and laptop hybrid, except that it is more of just a tablet with a new keyboard attached. For those who still want to tap the screen or use a virtual keyboard, a stylus will come with it. This stylus has been nicknamed “Pencil.”

Speculators are saying that the iPad Pro is going to be great for businesspeople who want something lighter to carry around with them instead of a laptop. The screen is also large enough to where it is on the borderline of being considered a tablet versus being a laptop. But most people put tablets in their briefcases or carrying bags anyways, so the size of the tablet is not really going to be an issue. The convenience of a keyboard will definitely be attractive to businesspeople that are not talented at texting on a screen while using their fingers. Some people just need to type on a traditional keyboard because it is faster for them. So if Apple markets this product to businesspeople, it will likely become a big seller in that market. As for casual users, they will probably keep their current tablet.



Google is introducing a new device OnHub


Since its inception, Google seeks to simplify the complicated technology end-users, actually since it was started and has made a real revolution with its Google Internet Search. The last thing that it introduced is a new OnHub device that Asus produces. OnHub device is essentially an enhanced wireless router, easy to use for everyone. Wireless routers are generally kept to the side, out of sight, as they are mostly nondescript, and not particularly user-friendly.

Asus OnHub is there to change these disadvantages.

Thanks to a simple and very beautiful and elegant design, the Asus OnHub could fit into any interior. Depending on your internet package, it brings faster internet connection with wireless devices in its network, and using Google On application for android mobile phones, you will have more options to control the flow of the Internet in your home than ever before. Asus OnHub introduces new technology, Wace Control, which allows users to speed up the Wi-Fi connection to a device by simply waving your hands above your Asus OnHub device.

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Google will also update the software, adding new smart antenna algorithms, which should significantly improve the performance of the device.

Pre-order Asus OnHub device began last week and expected price is around $220.

UMi introduced Iron Pro, 3GB of RAM and retinal scanner


The company UMi presented a couple of smartphones this year, including eMax and Iron models. The latest in a series of UMi device is also the most powerful – Umi Iron Pro.

UMi Iron has 3GB of RAM and retinal scanner, and the company decided to introduce Pro version of this model. Iron Pro is very similar to “ordinary” Iron model, but it has a few tricks up his sleeve.

UMi Iron Pro looks identical to UMi Iron, even it has the same dimensions. But Iron Pro has a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C port. As for the specs, nothing has changed in this field. UMi Iron Pro has a 5.5-inch Full HD display along with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory and slot for microSD memory card. The device starts MediaTek MT 6753 64-bit octa-core processor with Mali-T720 GPU. 13Mpix camera (Sony IMX214 sensor) is located on the back along with dual-LED flash while on the front is the camera of 8Mpix (OmniVision OV8858 sensor).


The battery of 3.350mAh is also present, and there is a support for 4G LTE (1800/2100/2600MHz). This is a device with support for two SIM cards, allowing you to use two Nano-SIM cards or a Nano-SIM with microSD card (up to 64GB). Iron Pro is equipped with Eyeprint ID sensor (scanner of the retina of the eye), which adds another level of protection for the device.

As for the software, the device comes with Android 5.1 (Lollipop) operating system. UMi added a couple of their applications and support for the gesture, but there are not many applications that would unnecessarily slow down the phone.

UMi Iron Pro is made of metal and it will be sold at a price of only $179.99.

Bigger is better: 8 reasons to choose iPhone 6 plus


iPhone 6 plus screen is so big that you will have to buy a whole new wardrobe that you can carry it in your pocket, but it also features the brand new opportunities that we did not expect, some of them are not even on iPhone 6. Despite the fact that it cost an additional $100, iPhone 6 plus will appear on the shelves armed with features that make it not only larger than iPhone 6, but better. Here are 8 reasons why the iPhone 6 plus is better than iPhone 6:

  1. Bigger and stronger display

It was not a metaphor when Tim Cook said that Apple will introduce the most progress in iPhone history. iPhone 6 plus has a huge 5.5-inch screen and it is not only larger that iPhone 6, it has a greater number of pixels with 401ppi compared to 326ppi. This beast has 2 million pixels. This is 183% more pixels than a puny iPhone 5S. It is like TV in your pocket, which is almost as hard to hold in your hand, but you will have fun games, movies, websites and applications like no iPhone so far. And not only that 6 plus screen is bigger, his “Ion-reinforced glass” is more durable than iPhone 6 glass.

  1. You can throw away your tablet

iPhone 6 plus solves the needs of many users for tablets, it has a faster processor than the iPad Air and iPad Mini. Some of the exclusive iPad functions, as a split keyboard, are included in 6 plus, along with the beautiful horizontal applications and horizontal home-screen.

  1. The fun factor

iPad Mini has a small screen, but it is still higher than many paperback novels that you can take with you to café, and a long reading on the iPhone 5S is a painful experience. iPhone 6 plus, on the other hand, may be the best reading device that Apple has ever made, and not to mention playing games.

  1. Phablets are becoming increasingly popular

Apple did not comment on which the quantity of iPhone 6 plus will be available in the beginning, but the reports indicate that the amount could be limited in the first few months. In addition to production problems, there is increasing popularity for phablets worldwide. Sell of 5.5-inch smartphones could jump from 175 million in 2014 to 318 million by the end of the 2015. Smartphones with the big screen are perhaps just a fad, but Apple will earn on it a lot of money, half of those surveyed said that they are planning to buy Apple phablet this year.

  1. Battery life

There is not a big difference between battery life in the iPhone 6 and 5S, but iPhone 6 plus comes with a significant gain, with 10 hours more of 3G talk time compared to the iPhone 6, and 30 hours more when listening the audio. Apple users who are tired of being lonely, they will definitely be delighted with the battery in 6 plus.

  1. The best camera

Optical image stabilization might not sound like an important function, but it will be one of the most important features that many iPhone 6 customers will consider before making a purchasing decision. The enhanced camera is the most attractive hardware upgrade to the iPhone 6 plus in addition to increased resolution, but will it be enough convince to buyers to find a way to squeeze in their pockets?

  1. New features UI

The idea that Apple will add an abomination “one-hand mode” such as Samsung, is scared a lot of Apple fans, but Apple’s solution is actually pretty great. Instead of darkening parts of the screen, a simple double-tap on Touch ID sensor will reduce all from the upper half of the iPhone screen and drop to the lower part, at your thumb touch. The horizontal keyboard has the option to cut, copy and paste, and extended horizontal applications will offer more content than iPhone 6.

  1. Purses worn around the waist – known as “the pack”

Do not think that you will be able to push the iPhone 6 plus in your jeans? Matthew McConaughey is the best guy in Hollywood, and he swears in his purse. “I am not afraid of the purse. Somehow, you have to put aside to look a little less geeky, but still convenience wins”, says the man who has just been nominated for an Academy Award and Emmy Award in the same year. The Rock also carries a purse, although nobody told him that Steve Jobs turtleneck and silver chain are optional.

Difference between Android and IOS OS


While supporters of both operative systems have their arguments to choose their platform, look how they work, what they have in common and the difference in both systems.

  • Interface design

During 2013, Apple had brought flat design which has a minimalist approach, and instead of the button in the back, they use movement coating left – swipe. Apple is successfully forcing their programmers to make flat designed applications, but Google makes his story with material design in the AppStore applications.

On the other hand, with Lollipop 5.0, Google has changed their design. Applications from Google factory got a new design, more layers, animations are a lot different, and everything is much simpler. Even Google redesigning their application is very good, other application manufacturers are not doing that, at least not like Apple where this is very expressed so that IOS remains clearer for users. However, as Android is concerned, it is likely to change as Lollipop support is growing and a greater number of devices will be using new applications.

  • Multitasking

Access to Multitasking option is one of the biggest differences in these two systems. Google multitasking shows like cards that overlap one over the other and by scrolling cards comes up to the application. Applications are easily distinguished because they are separated with colours, and the header of each card shows the name and logo of applications. The disadvantage of this system is that it does not show screen content in the application, which might be convenient when you need it again to see some information, number or phrase.

As far as the IOS 8 system, by double clicking on the circular button you get the Multitasking menu, in which the open applications are arranged next to each other. On a full screen, it is displaying a large application icon below the screen, and the content on them is somewhat readable. On the top of the screen are the most frequently used contacts, which immediately from there, you can send a message or make a call. To turn off applications, you have to move your finger up, and a large number of applications requires more scrolling through the display.

  • Widgets and notifications

Android has long been unrivalled in this category, and the first one that had menu notifications which you need to pull down from the top of the edge with your finger. To add a widget, you need to search in widget menu, and then it is possible to add on home or lock screen.

Widgets are finally available with the last big IOS update, and it offers capable Dropbox or Evernote plugins. Notifications are behind Android capability because they don’t allow turning off the specific notifications, and IOS notifications only have the specific range of automatic responses for some applications.

New Watch OS 2 Features


Apple has finally made available the latest version of the operating system for Apple Watch, Watch OS 2. It is the first major update of the operating system that is available for the owners of Apple Watch smart watches, and one of the major novelties that it brings is the possibility of making Apple Watch application by other developers.

Watch OS 2 should have been available two weeks ago, together with the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 9, but due to the high error that was discovered before the release, Apple decided to delay the start of distribution. Apple Watch OS 2 allows third-party developers to create applications that will run directly on the smart watch, without having to rely on a connected phone. This means that applications will have access to sensors built into Apple Watch, it will be faster and it will be easier to use.

  • New features that Watch OS 2 brings are:
  1. As the first major update of watch OS operating system, Watch OS 2 brings plenty of new features to Apple Watch history, mainly through new development tools. Developers can now create applications that will run on the watch instead of the iPhones as it has been the case so far, and now they have access to some sensors and hardware features including Taptic Engine, the heart monitor, microphone and accelerometer.
  1. In addition to the above features, which will allow other developers to create more complex and complete application, Watch OS 2 also includes new background with clock display (photo album and time-lapse images), Complications features of other developers, improvement that extends the time during which the display will remain illuminated after activation at 70 seconds, and activation lock.
  1. In addition, there is a new Time Travel feature that allows you to view the past and upcoming events within Complications features and Nightstand mode that is activated during charging the watch, during which time is displayed. Also, the Maps application now displays instructions for public transport, versatile Siri, the ability to respond to messages directly from the watch, and other well-known applications that are enhanced.

Apple Watch has been greatly improved with support for the “classic” applications, but also with the inserted functions “under the hood”. Thus, a user from the wrist will be able to respond to an email, it is better and easier to use Siri, and he will be able to use the microphone through the watch. The user can use the Apple Watch as an alarm clock while charging and there are provided additional functions such as the grouping of friends, better search, etc. Apple Watch will be able to be used with advanced integration with Siri service, which will be able to monitor the flight, itinerary, responding to emails, warns the weather opportunities or to run applications.

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